[CentOS] General CentOS 5.1 (or Gnome) instability?
johnny at centos.org
Thu Jun 5 14:23:55 UTC 2008
Alfred von Campe wrote:
> I've been a big fan of CentOS for a while, and didn't have many issues
> with CentOS 4.X over the past few years. However, since moving to
> CentOS 5.1 a few weeks ago, I have received more problem reports from my
> users than in the last year and a half on CentOS 4.X. I've previously
> reported the problem with gnome-terminal crashing (and since there is a
> single gnome-terminal process by default all your terminal windows
> disappear which makes this really painful), and now I'm getting multiple
> reports of Gnome applets suddenly quitting. Sometimes this includes the
> entire screen "flashing" (probably a side effect of the "Show Desktop"
> applet exiting). I've also had reports of some third party tools like
> SlickEdit misbehaving and/or crashing on CentOS 5.1.
> Don't get me wrong; I'm not really complaining about CentOS. I really
> appreciate what the CentOS team does. I am just wondering if anyone
> else has seen these issues. If it was just one or two users, I would
> suspect the hardware or some configuration issues. But these issues
> started cropping up after I upgraded our existing systems to CentOS
> 5.1. The "upgrade" was a complete reinstall via a kickstart script (I
> reformatted all partitions/LVs except for one), and all systems are
> configured identically. BTW, I'm using CentOS for our desktops as well
> as our servers, and all these problems are really confined to the
> desktop systems. Almost everyone uses the default Gnome desktop.
> So, does anyone else have the perception that CentOS 5.X (particularly
> Gnome) is a little less stable than CentOS 4.X or is it just me?
I am not having any issues with CentOS 5 and Gnome ... I have been using
it as my primary desktop since before the 5.0Beta stage.
I would initially start out but looking at any 3rd party installed products.
Also, if the hardware is the same, it might be something related to that
motherboard chipset and centos-5 kernels. I would see if you have the
latest BIOS for the hardware as there may be APIC/ACPI issues that can
effect kernel, udev, hald, etc.
I have zero issues here ... but I do NOT use yum-updated or any of its
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